The SmART Leaders program is a year long after school program for high-school aged young people who identify as young women of color. Casita Maria is dedicated to building positive self-esteem and sisterhood among all young women who participate in the program. We specifically focus on sisterhood, rediscovering our identities, and social justice education; the best part is that we do all of this through art-centered classes and workshops!
Whether you are interested in painting, photography, dancing, making music, or other art-based activities we will provide you with the space to discuss topics that you are interested in learning about through artistic conversations and activities. Ultimately we are dedicated to supporting young women as they build sisterhood, find their power, and discover their activism. Our application is currently open on a rolling admission. We encourage community members, who meet the program criteria, to apply today and join us as we work to empower the young women of The Bronx!
¡Si Se Puede! / Yes You Can!
An Exhibition Honoring Women of Color Leaders, Mentors and Agents of Change
Warrior Women: Mujeres Guerreras
Casita Maria Youth Exhibition
Opening in the Casita Maria Galleries on January 24, 2018
Children at the Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education are bowing, stomping and vocalizing…and some are even pressing. All that is music talk for playing the violin, dancing, singing and piano playing. Casita Maria is music, arts and so much more. We are building tomorrow’s leaders. When a child enters Casita’s doors they are coached, nurtured and supported. They are taught self-reliance and responsibility, all while learning the joy of music.
This is what you make possible every time you donate to our programs. Today, on #Giving Tuesday, share your joy of music with the children of the South Bronx and East Harlem and watch us create the leaders of the future.
Entering its sixth year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Since its inaugural year in 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy.
Grandmaster Caz (Curtis Brown)
A Bronx-born, award-winning MC and DJ who has been an acknowledged leader in both forms since the 1970s when he formed the Mighty Force and later joined The Cold Crush Brothers. Caz was inducted into the Technics DJ Hall of Fame and the Bronx Walk of Fame, a street plaque bearing his name is now on permanent display on the Grand Concourse. Caz currently serves as a Board member of the Bronx Music Heritage Center, Windows of Hip Hop and The Universal Federation for the Preservation of Hip Hop Culture.
Casita Maria (The Little House of Mary) was founded in 1934 to help Puerto Ricans in East Harlem. It is the first and oldest Latino charity. That mission continues today as we stand in support of Puerto Ricans following Hurricanes Irma and Maria, and as we extend our hands and hearts to our sister islands in the Caribbean and to Mexico following the earthquake.
Please give generously to relief efforts established via national and community organizations that can get the relief to the people who need it the most.
Locally, supplies needed for the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico can be dropped off at Mothers on the Move, 928 Intervale Avenue, at one of eleven centers at Urban Health Plan or Hispanic Federation .
Casita Maria will be convening with partner organizations for a coordinated and sustained effort moving forward as Puerto Rico will require long-term assistance to address the devastation ahead.
Water, power, fuel, food and life-saving supplies must reach them fast. We stand in solidarity with elected officials who are advocating swiftly and strongly in this matter. We ask for your help.
We will continue to keep you posted about how, as a community, we can help moving forward and we thank you in advance for your generosity.
Casita María (La Pequeña Casa de María) fue fundada en 1934 para ayudar a los puertorriqueños en El Barrio. Es la primera y más antigua organización en benéfica de los latinos. Esa misión continúa hoy cuando apoyamos a los puertorriqueños después de los huracanes Irma y María, y extendemos nuestras manos y corazones a nuestras hermanas islas en el Caribe y a México después del terremoto.
Por favor dé generosamente a los esfuerzos de ayuda
establecidos a través de las organizaciones nacionales y comunitarias
que pueden obtener el alivio a las personas que más lo necesitan.
Localmente, los suministros necesarios para la crisis humanitaria en Puerto Rico, pueden ser dejados en Mothers on the Move, 928 Avenida Intervale, en uno de los once centros del Urban Health Plan o la Federación Hispana.
Casita María se reunirá con las organizaciones asociadas para un esfuerzo coordinado y sostenido, ya que Puerto Rico requerirá asistencia a largo plazo para enfrentar la devastación que se avecina.
Los suministros de agua, electricidad, combustible, alimentos y salud deben alcanzarlos rápidamente. Estamos en solidaridad con los funcionarios electos que están abogando con rapidez y firmeza en este asunto. Pedimos su ayuda.
Continuaremos manteniéndole informado sobre cómo, en comunidad, podemos ayudar a avanzar y le agradecemos de antemano por su generosidad.
A student of the flute, piccolo, alto, tenor, and soprano saxophone. Achievements include: 2015 International Women in Jazz Youth in Action award, 2016 J. Marjory Jackson Scholarship, the solo award in the Jazz at Lincoln Center Essentially Ellington Regional Festival, the Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation Tuition Assistance Award, and the A.F.J Leonard Silver Award. She has performed with music greats Arturo Sandoval, Candido Camero, Phoenix Rivera, Bobby Sanabria, Kermit Ruffins, Bertha Hope, among others. Garo is a graduate of LaGuardia High School and is now studying at The New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music in New York City. facebook.com/gabrielle.garo.9
A composer and improviser specializing in the relationship between acoustic objects and musical form. His instrumentarium includes glass objects, electronics, laptop, and constructions of his own design. Frasconi’s unique glass instruments are struck, blown, stroked, smashed and otherwise coaxed into vibration. As a composer, his works include chamber music, operas, film and dance scores. Frasconi has worked closely with composers John Cage, Jon Hassell, James Tenney, and Morton Subotnick. He is a founding member of The Glass Orchestra, featuring all glass instruments and the San Francisco sound-sculpture band Möbius Operandi. He is presently a member of Ne(x)works. frasconimusic.com
Is a Composer, Arranger, Trumpeter, Keyboardist, Pianist and Vocalist from Santiago de Cuba and currently living in Havana. Lescay graduated in 1998 from the National School of Art (ENA), City of Havana, Cuba. He is one of the pioneers of the Nu-Jazz and directs the Iris Jazz Club of Santiago de Cuba in Cuba. As a composer, he fuses different musical genres and manifestations of art like dance, Video, and visual art with Jazz. Some of his work has been included on soundtracks of various documentaries. He has performed in numerous concerts in venues in Cuba, Mexico, and France.
Consists of the Nuñez brothers Celso, Delmo, Julio, and Chester, who are percussionists and singers from Honduras, along with other percussionists. The name means “Grandchildren of Maraza” — they are the grandchildren of Marselino, one of the great paranda singers in the Garifuna tradition. In 2012, they performed with James Lovell and other Garifuna musicians at the Smithsonian Institution’s Folklife Festival called, “One World, Many Voices: Endangered Language and Cultural Heritage.” Their new CD is “Huweirigu Lun Maraza.”
Mariachi Academy of New York
Opened in 2002 as an after school program for youth of all races and ethnic backgrounds ages 4-17. It is the first school on the East Coast dedicated to educating youth in the rich Mexican Mariachi tradition. In addition to learning to play a musical instrument and to sing classic rancheras and ballads, students develop a strong sense of identity and pride. The program inspires students to become involved with their peers in a situation where they can learn to be responsible to others, set a goal, and work toward its completion. mariachiacademyny.org
Founded by award winning songwriter and activist Manuela Arciniegas, is an all women's drum, song, and dance troupe that plays Afro Dominican and Afro Puerto Rican Bomba and Palos music with an urban twist. The troupe enraptures audience imaginations with their fiery and poignant vocals and pulsing drums. Possessing the feminine power that unleashes a feeling of community exhilaration, their original and traditional songs pay tribute to the daily struggles and escapades of Caribbean urban women. Their sultrily booming vocals, precision drumming, and expressive dances encourage everyone to learn history and stories of the heart.